Fall 2018 - CRIM 451 D100
Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science (3)
Class Number: 8024
Delivery Method: In Person
Looks at the advanced and sometimes more controversial areas of forensic science used in the criminal justice system today. Most areas are those outside the crime lab and require extensive and in-depth training in a very focused field. Seminars may cover areas such as the use of polygraph, blood spatter pattern analysis, entomology, pathology, odontology, anthropology, genocide investigation, facial approximation, crime scene analysis on land, underwater and mass homicide scenarios. Students with credit for CRIM 420 in 01-3, 00-3, 99-3, 98-3 or 97-3 may not take this course for further credit.
The course will combine instruction in a range of specialized forensic sciences, illustrated with analysis of actual criminal cases, and, in most cases, hands-on experience with the techniques, when possible. Instruction will include exposure to a wide range of experts in the field. Students will be expected to be prepared to discuss and critique the techniques presented with the instructors. This course is not intended to train students as forensic scientists, but rather to expose them to a variety of subjects so that they will be equipped to understand and use them, if necessary, in their future careers. Students should be aware that some of the material studied will be extremely disturbing. Any student who feels that the nature of the topics may be too upsetting is discouraged from taking this course.
- Research Papers (2 @ 40% each) 80%
- Class Participation 20%
Readings will be from a compendium of appropriate readings from recent texts and journal articles compiled for this course.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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